George Melies

Filmmaker Georges Méliès.

A Trip To The Moon - Full Movie ENG 1902 HD 720-30p

A Trip To The Moon - Full Movie ENG 1902 HD 720-30p.

The long-thought-lost color version of Méliès' A Trip to the Moon.

NOTE: Because of this man's absolutely massive filmography, any information on his missing films should be put here. Nearly half of his 500+ films are still missing, many with very minimal information. This is to prevent hundreds of articles on his films, many of which would be very short and lacking information.

Georges Méliès is often cited the "First Magician of Cinema". Starting out his career as a stage magician, he was introduced to film by its French inventors during a tour. He invested his time and money into constructing a film studio (possibly the first of its kind). Though he struggled financially at first, he went on to become one of the most successful and influential filmmakers of his time.

Méliès was a special effects wizard. If he didn't invent a lot of camera and film techniques, you can almost sheerly bet he perfected or mastered them. His films have a very surreal, almost dream-like feel to them. Where other filmmakers of his time used special effects that look dated by today's standards, Méliès films continue to wow audiences even in today's CGI-induced graphics.

Melies slowly fell out of popularity. By the time World War I ended, audiences had become disillusioned of his dream-like visions and Georges went bankrupt. He had to shut down his business and destroy most of his master negatives in order to sell the silver contained in the film to pay off his debts. It wouldn't be until close to Méliès' death that his films would be recognized for their historical importance.

Of the over 500 Méliès films, a grand total of 231 exist today. His films are some of the most commonly sought-after films of his era. To make matters worse, some films exist only in their black-and-white versions with many of his color versions (which were hand-tinted frame by frame) are still gone. Every now and then a film surfaces and gets remastered and cleaned up. The most recent film discovery from him is a color copy of his most treasured film A Trip to the Moon. It was found in an abandoned barn in the intense French heat, amazing many historians that it didn't ever catch on fire (as silver nitrate almost always does). New interest in his films has risen thanks to the 2011 film Hugo, which offered a (highly fictionalized) view of his life.

List of the lost films

  • Arrivée d'un train gare de Vincennes (Arrival of a train at the Vincennes station)
  • L'Arroseur (The Waterer)
  • Batteuse à vapeur (Steam Threshing Machine)
  • Bébé et Fillettes (Baby and Little Girls)
  • Le Bivouac (The Bivouac Shelter)
  • Les Blanchisseuses (The Laundresses)
  • Bois de Boulogne (Boulogne Woods)
  • Boulevard des Italiens
  • Campement de Bohémiens (Gypsy Encampment)
  • Danse Serpentine (Snake-like Dance)
  • Départ des Automobiles (Cars' Start)
  • Départ des Officiers (Officers' Start)
  • Effets de mer sur les rochers (Sea effects on the rocks)
  • Enfants jouant sur la plage (Children playing on the beach)
  • Le Manoir du Diable (Devil's Mansion) ; partly lost
  • Place de la Concorde
  • La Voiture du Potier (The Potter's Car)
  • Cortège du tsar allant à Versailles (Tsar's procession going to Versailles)
  • Cortège du tsar au bois de Boulogne (Tsar's processiong at the Boulogne woods)
  • Barque sortant du port de Trouville (Rowboat coming out of Trouville's harbor)
  • Bateau-Mouche sur la Seine (Bateau-Mouche on the Seine)
  • Les Chevaux de Bois (The Wooden Horses)
  • Le Chiffonnier (The Rag-gatherer)
  • Le Couronnement de la Rosière (The Crowning of the Virtuous Girl)
  • Le déchargement des bateaux (The unloading of the boats)
  • Dessinateur: Chamberlain (Drawing artist: Chamberlain)
  • Dessinateur express (Express drawing artist)
  • Dessinateur: Reine Victoria (Drawing artist: Queen Victoria)
  • Dessinateur: Von Bismarck (Drawing artist: Von Bismarck)
  • Dix chapeaux en 60 secondes (Ten hats in 60 seconds)
  • La damnation de Faust (Faust's damnation)
  • Porte monumentale (Monumental door)
  • La Rue des nations (Street of the nations)
  • Les Sept Péchés Capitaux (The Seven Deadly Sins)
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